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chasnreds73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 29, 2012 10:44 AM

how can stream what i'm seeing on my MAC to my TV?  I was told by a rep in the apple store i had to download the lion, which i did, i still don't see the Airplay option on my MACbook pro.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,010 points)
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    Oct 29, 2012 10:47 AM (in response to chasnreds73)

    You also need an AirPlay device, an Apple TV for example. It attaches to your TV and will allow "mirroring" of your Mac's display. The option will not appear without a suitable device.


    AirPlay also requires Mountain Lion, not Lion.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,010 points)
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    Oct 29, 2012 11:00 AM (in response to chasnreds73)

    chasnreds73 wrote:


    any other suggestions


    Only newer Macs have the required hardware:



    Supported Macs

    AirPlay Mirroring in OS X Mountain Lion takes advantage of the hardware video encoding capabilities of 2nd and 3rd Generation Intel Core processors. Hardware video encoding allows AirPlay Mirroring to efficiently deliver high frame rates while maintaining optimal system performance. The following Mac models have processors that support AirPlay Mirroring:

    • iMac (Mid 2011 or newer)
    • Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer)
    • MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)
    • MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)

    Which Mac do I have?

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,010 points)
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    Oct 29, 2012 11:25 AM (in response to chasnreds73)

    Sorry, no. It's a hardware limitation that cannot be overcome with anything other than a new Mac.


    You can connect your MBP to an external monitor or TV with a Mini DisplayPort adapter. They're inexpensive, but of course this constitutes a physically wired connection. Worked well for years, before we all became accustomed to doing everything wirelessly.

  • Michael Napier Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 8:10 AM (in response to John Galt)

    I know you can't do mirroring, but I believe you can stream photos, videos or music via AirPlay, correct?

  • photogus Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 22, 2013 2:18 PM (in response to chasnreds73)

    People that told you you need to buy a new mac either own stock or work for apple becase there is a safe easy way to stream to apple TV without a new machine or OS.   There is a 3rd party app called AirParrot that is easy and simple to use.  When I researched I don't recall there being a higher rated app but there may be one now. 

  • megabit101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 23, 2013 6:43 PM (in response to chasnreds73)

    This is for all who are searching for the answer to the question, after googling the heck out of it, i have found the answer

    i have;

    Model:- MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010)

    Mac OS X Version 10.6.8

    I bought the LOGiiX mini display port to HDMI Cable ll



    go to system preferences --->>> display  

    did the arrangement tab show up?

         NOTE THIS IS A MUST; remember arrangement tab only shown under display property, when the macbook pro recognized the external display. must have it plugged in to show up, i got an extra box showing my samsung and that is where i got the mirror image to tick.

    if it does, try to select mirror display box.

    like this picture link --->> on-Mac-Display-Preferences.jpg


    i will say the audio is not coming thru at this moment, but i have the earphone connect to bose speakers and works, i am going to see if i can work it out thru this;


    HERE IT IS, hope this helps all in need


    Re: No sound over Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter


       Sep 12, 2011 1:09 AM    (in response to yvonnelouise1)

    DisplayPort to HDMI Sound is actually set up by using the MIDI setup utility found in :


    Applications > Utilities > Audio MIDI Setup.


    If you purchased an iWires cable direct from Apple the instructions are in the printed booklet that comes in the packaging. Most people don't read this as it's normally the case that when you plug a cable in to anything it just works (VCR, TiVo, Xbox, video camera etc). In this instance Apple are failing to live up to their catch-phrase as final setup is NOT intuitive; "it just DOESN'T work".


    The booklet instructions basically say do the following,




    System Preferences > Displays. There are 3 tabs in the window; Displays, Arrangement and Color. Be sure you are on the Displays tab. Bottom left of the window tick "Show displays in menu bar" and then bottom right click "Detect Displays".


    Now click on the tab named Arrangement. Bottom left of the window tick "Mirror Displays".


    You should now only see 2 tabs, Display and Color. Be sure you are on the Displays tab. Select the desired resolution for your TV (probably 1080i). leave all other settings at their default values.




    System Preferences > Sound. There are 3 tabs in the window; Sound Effects, Output and Input. Be sure you are on the Sound Effects tab. Middle of the window select your TV where it says "Play sound effects through:".


    Select the middle tab named Output.


    Select your TV from the drop-down list next to HDMI, below where it says "Select a device for sound output".


    Using either Finder or Launchpad go to Applications > Utilities > Audio MIDI Setup.


    On the left-hand side of the window you should now see HDMI. In the middle of the window, on the Output tab, where it says "Source:" select your TV from the drop-down list.


    This last action below is NOT described in the iWires notes but was required in my case, it may also be required in yours. If you CANNOT see a speaker icon next to HDMI in the list on the left, do the following:


    Bottom left of the window select the wheel icon with the down-pointing triangle. Make sure that sound output is selected and that you can now see a speaker icon next to HDMI in the list of devices.


    If you still cannot hear sound, log out of your account and then log back in.


    You will now have sound coming out of your TV from your computer


    You may have to do some or all of the above to get sound out of your TV from your computer using the DisplayPort to HDMI cable. On my Aug 2011 MacbookPro I had to do ALL of the above.  If you take your laptop to a different TV you will have to do it all again so be warned.


    Hope this helps. "



  • megabit101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 24, 2013 1:55 PM (in response to megabit101)

    Both for audio and video, make sure your computer is hooked up to the tv, System Preferences > Sound

    you will now see your tv listed, if your not hooked up, you wont. Everything works, audio and video, woo hoo

    For an unequivocal answer to whether you can output audio through the mini DP:

    1. Click on the Apple Icon in the top left corner of the screen.

    2. Click "About this Mac."

    3. Click "More Info."

    4. Click on "Audio (Built In)."

    If you see "HDMI Output or HDMI/DisplayPort Output" then you will be able to pass audio through the MDP over HDMI.

    This connector will transmit sound in this case.

    If not, you will have to use an additional audio cable (headphone 3.5 jack to RCA red and white stereo plugs) running between the headphone output of your Mac to the TV audio input associated with the HDMI port you use.


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